’Twas a morn before Christmas,
And all through the house
Baby’s laughter was ringing
With the girl on the couch.
Mama was moving from one comp to the other,
Making the transfer wasn’t often a bother.
She pressed Ctrl + S to preserve it with care,
But a previous version replaced what was there!
Three days’ worth of editing gone in a flash,
Her satisfied mood came down with a crash.
“Oh no!” Mama cried. “Lord, what have I done?
I have such a small window while the girl’s with my son!”
Mama called, Mama searched, but uncovered no fact
That could help Mama get her three days of work back.
She held it together while the girl said goodbye.
Now with she and her son, she could have a good cry.
The boy stared in awe as his mama did weep,
What could make Mama collapse in a heap?
When she finally looked up, he gave such a big grin.
Surely that will make Mama all happy again.
You know, Mama thought, God is still on the throne.
He is King of my heart. He is King of my home.
I can’t let this setback take such a toll,
It is Christ, Christ alone, that makes my life whole.
So she gave it to Jesus and took a long break.
Thank God she could trust Him to fix her mistake.
On Christmas, the hope of the world in her burned,
And this is the lesson that Mama did learn:
In Microsoft Word, go to File → Options → Advanced → Save, and make sure the box is checked next to “Always Create Backup Copy.”
I hope this saves someone else from their own nightmare before Christmas!
Rachel E. Newman, CP
Freelance Editor and Indexer
Rachel E. Newman holds a BS degree from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She is a member of the Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, serves as a judge for the Excellence in Editing Award given by the Christian Editor Connection, and serves as a faculty member for PENCON, the only conference for editors in the Christian market.
PENCON 2017 will be held May 4–6, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn how to enter the editing field or enhance an already established career. Network with other editors, and meet with the speakers one-on-one. For more information, visit http://thechristianpen.com/pencon/.